Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
Prestwick purchase should have been grounded

Prestwick purchase should have been grounded

DID ELVIS PRESLEY really die in 1977? Is that a bottle of Blue Nun and a slice of Black Forest gateau I see before me? Am I wearing loons, a scoop-neck tank top and platforms? ...

Bill Jamieson
The strange affair of the First Minster's trews

The strange affair of the First Minster's trews

SO OFTEN it is the smallest items that shine the brightest light. Only First Minister Alex Salmond’s trews may not be considered small.

The story – at least in its earliest stages – is simple ...

Bill Jamieson
Return to sender – Royal Mail privatisation is an opportunity missed

Return to sender – Royal Mail privatisation is an opportunity missed

IN ANY other circumstances, shares in Royal Mail would already have brought tens of thousands of investors flocking to subscribe. Investors have less than a week left to take part in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) ...

Bill Jamieson
Miliband reaches out for power

Miliband reaches out for power

Highlights from the Labour leader Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party conference yesterday, interspersed with tweets from the freelance spin doctor Damon MacMuck

BROTHERS and sisters! Let me tell you of my vision ...

Bill Jamieson
IndyRef – Don't believe it's all over next year

IndyRef – Don't believe it's all over next year

A YEAR FROM today Scotland will be making a momentous choice on whether to break with the UK and opt for independence.

Whatever the outcome, it is most unlikely to be the end of constitutional ...

Brian Monteith
Ashcroft polls debunk McLeish

Ashcroft polls debunk McLeish

LORD ASHCROFT is owed a debt of gratitude for helping maintain the Union.

His latest megapoll shows that if a general election were held now Labour should be able to regain all of the 32 Tory marginals ...

Bill Jamieson
Should we care what England thinks?

Should we care what England thinks?

ACCORDING TO the Social Attitudes survey out this week, support for Scottish independence is now higher in England than it is north of the Border.

For the first time, more English people than Scots ...

Brian Monteith
Davidson's Tory reshuffle: two steps forward, one step back

Davidson's Tory reshuffle: two steps forward, one step back

IT HAS BEEN a long time coming, but whether or not it was reluctantly done does not matter, Ruth Davidson has made the first reshuffle of her team of spokesmen and women. Unfortunately it has received ...

Bill Jamieson
Football transfers: the new tulip mania

Football transfers: the new tulip mania

WHEN IT COMES to paying crazy prices for assets, forget Belgravia apartments and fancy credit derivatives. The biggest bubble being blown today, swelling before our very eyes and with scarcely a peep from the Kill ...

Bill Jamieson
Where's the credible economic case for independence?

Where's the credible economic case for independence?

IS THERE yet a credible economic case for independence? I ask because, if a session at last week’s Festival of Politics in the Scottish Parliament dedicated to “Independence and Economic Issues” is any guide it ...

Bill Jamieson
Lost in the desert: Save our Henry!

Lost in the desert: Save our Henry!

A DISTINCTIVE charm of Henry McLeish is that you will rarely meet the same man twice. He is always on the political move, the personification of devolution being not a destination but a journey – not ...

Brian Monteith
David McLetchie had no equal

David McLetchie had no equal

IT IS POSSIBLY difficult for people that are not Conservatives in Scotland to understand just how important David McLetchie was to the Scottish Conservative Party. It is not an understatement to say that if he had ...